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The New York Times praised the September 23rd performance, calling the production "a triumph. I cannot think of a performance on any stage in New York right now that tops Ms. Mattila's Salome for courage, intensity and emotional nakedness. (...) Vocally Ms. Mattila is born to this daunting role, singing with an eerie combination of cool Nordic colorings and raw power. She can spin a Straussian melodic line with sumptuous lyricism. But when Salome erupts in a spasm of twisted desire or childish petulance, Ms. Mattila unleashes chilling, hard-edged top notes that slice through Strauss's king-size orchestra." Critic Anthony Tommasini also acknowlegded the "strong" Met debut of the "imposing" bass-baritone Juha Uusitalo.
The matinee on Saturday, October 11th, was transmitted live worldwide as part of the The Met: Live in HD series. For further information about this Salome production, visit the official website of the Metropolitan Opera.